Review posted October 6, 2011.
Abrams Books for Young Readers, New York, 2010. 32 pages.
2011 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Book
As appropriate for the story of an artist, this picture book biography is a work of art. David Diaz's beautiful paintings are done in the style of Frida Kahlo and are simply beautiful to look at.
The story of the book tells about how Frida Kahlo got her start as an artist. She married her mentor, Diego Rivera, and very much felt herself in his shadow when they moved to San Francisco. But then she gained inspiration from the beautiful parts of the city and her memories of her home, and came into her own as an artist, with her own unique style.
This book tells a story of a woman working alongside someone she loves, rather than being content to stay in his shadow. It's a lovely and inspiring book.
We have some fabulous picture book biographies in the library. I always think it's a shame how hard they are for customers to find. A picture book biography is not necessarily a good source for a school report. It's an inspiring story about someone amazing, told in simple terms and with accompanying pictures. I'd like to put picture book biographies in a place all their own, but will probably have to settle for doing a display now and then.